Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rafael Nadal pointedly questions timing of Andy Murray's US Open withdrawal

Rafael Nadal pointedly questions timing of Andy Murray's US Open withdrawal

Rafael Nadal hinted at annoyance with the timing of Andy Murray's withdrawal from the US Open, describing it as "difficult to understand".

The world number two had looked set to play in New York having practised at Flushing Meadows for a week only to decide after a final hit on Saturday lunchtime that his hip was too sore.

Had Murray pulled out prior to Friday's draw, Roger Federer would have moved up to number two seed and he and Nadal would not have been in the same half of the draw.

Nadal, who defeated Dusan Lajovic 7-6, (6), 6-2, 6-2 in his opening-round match, said: "I always thought that he was going to be playing if he was here practising.

"It was a little bit strange that he retired just the morning after the draw was made. It was something that is a little bit strange and difficult to understand.

"Normally you want to keep practising, keep trying until the last moment. You don't retire Saturday morning. You retire Monday morning or Sunday afternoon. If not, you can do it before the draw.

"That's why I say it's strange. But of course he has his reason, and for sure the only news, and the negative news, was that he will not be playing here.

"Injuries are bad for everybody. I know better than all of them. So I wish him fast and good recovery. That's the most important thing."



Article from Telegraph